Justas Janauskas on Ask me anything you wantCEO @ Qoorio, Co-Founder @ Vinted, Angel InvestorSome time ago
Who is more effective as a leader, introvert, or extrovert? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says his research shows that introverts and extroverts are equally effective as leaders, based on their companies' performance or teams. Whether introverts/extroverts were more or less effective depended on the kind of employees they had. Extroverts are better leaders with reactive followers, people who are looking for direction from above. If I am an extroverted leader, I will fire you up, get excited, and you will be ready to follow the direction I have created. Introverted leaders were more effective with proactive employees. If you have a whole team of people who bring their ideas and suggestions to the table, who are taking the initiative, extroverted leaders would feel threatened by that. They are like "don't steal my spotlight, I am in charge here". That has two negative effects: (i) they shut those people's ideas down, and (ii) they left their people demotivated. Introverts were much more likely to listen. And make people feel valued and get better ideas to the table. And we live in the world now where we need more proactivity from the employees. As the world is more dynamic and competitive, as a leader, you cannot see everything what is happening or going to happen. Given that proactive employees are more important than ever before, introvert leaders are going to be more effective in the future. Agree or disagree?
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Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio, Co-Founder @ Vinted, Angel Investor
, , , , do you think I am more introvert or extrovert?
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Justinas MačiulisHead of Legal & Finance at Qoorio
you are an extrovert during parties and a bit of both on regular days. For sure you have the skill to listen and this might lead you to believe of an introverted leadership, but I do not feel certain about that. My gut feeling says that you are an extrovert with a few well developped introvert skills (i.e. ability to listen, empathy (to some extent), etc.).
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Dominykas RimšaProduct & UX Designer
As far as I can think of most modern day leaders have more introverted tendencies (think Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates etc). Extroverts do life coaching 😅
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Nerija SkvernelytėHead Of Marketing @Qoorio
you are an more of an introvert in my opinion :) I think you like people and interesting conversations, but do not seek mass attention all the time
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Ronaldas BuožisCinematography, tech and boats
, definately introvert:)
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Aurimas ŠeputisSoftware Engineer, geek of nutrition science
I believe that being introvert/extrovert is less of how you present yourself and more of how it makes you feel. For example do you feel exhausted after intense talk sessions with a group of people or feel refreshed? Introverts need alone time more than socializing time, extroverts the opposite, but both need to have both in their lives. People tend to do less of what makes them exhausted or at least to a limit.
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Rūta MrazauskaitėPublic policy analyst / Lawyer
Could it be that good leaders are adaptive to the extent where they can be both sometimes? 🤔I deeply believe in authentic leadership and bringing your true self to the way you lead, so it does make sense that introverts and extroverts would (want to) lead a bit differently. However, the best leaders I have met over the years were actually extremely adaptive. They would fire up a quiet colleague, then turn around and become an attentive listener to a proactive one...
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Justas JanauskasCEO @ Qoorio, Co-Founder @ Vinted, Angel Investor
Makes total sense, , !
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Povilas GodliauskasWell-being Psychologist | Mentor | Lecturer | Consultant | HR |
⚠️ WARNING, a brain dump coming. Despite such great progress in personality theory and testing (e.g. big five, hexaco), it is unfortunate that we are still using dichotomous models (extrovert/introvert) to describe or, I would stay, classify people into categories. 🤦‍♂️ I guess, the reason behind the overuse of such classifications is their simplicity: you are either this or that, so why bother? However, just because the model is simple and easy to use, it does not mean that it is valid and reliable. Still not convinced? If so, you should look at more complex versions of the model (e.g. Jungian, MBTI) which essentially suggest that extroverted/introverted are not people's personalities themselves but rather their personality functions. Therefore, you get people who, let's say, are ENTJs. What is unique about them? Well, they have extroverted thinking (primary function), introverted intuition (2nd), extroverted sensing (3rd), and introverted feeling (4th). Example 1️⃣: think of orators or business leaders (e.g. Bill Gates, Steve Jobs) who usually come up with ideas while talking out loud, usually to others (therefore, extroverted thinking), and rely a lot on their intuition based on creativity (therefore, introverted intuition). Or you get INTPs whose personality functions are ordered in the same sequence, but temperament is mirrored, i.e. thinking is introverted (1st), intuition is extroverted (2nd), etc. Example 2️⃣: think of engineers and scientists (e.g. Albert Einstein) who are also very insightful, but they prefer thinking in private (therefore, introverted thinking) and using intuition based on observation (therefore, extroverted intuition). If we go on, we will get at least 16 varieties of extroverts and introverts‼️ And to me, the model still does not do justice. Why? Because the model does not account for type variety. For instance, two people who are considered ENTJ can demonstrate different degrees of extroverted thinking, despite that it is their primary function. Therefore, models such as big five are much more scientific and valid, as they are tested against huge population samples and provide percentiles of traits rather than categories. Moral of if this thought dump: using only two types to classify people is fun, but too simplistic, unproductive, and, with all due respect to those who do not know better, super lazy, especially if we want to understand people rather than classify them.
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Erika MaslauskaitėTech Business Developer, CCO at Nikulipe, Ambassador at WomenGoTech, Co-founder of LOGIN
Povilas, Rūta, well put and said! From my experience working with different type of leaders I could definately say that flexibility and adaptiveness is a key thing to success and empowerent of the team. Lead by example they say, however every person has or had different examples and every case is different and that means it is crutial to have the flexibility and trust towards the team you work with! Great insight Justas! :)
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Justas Janauskas on Ask me anything you wantCEO @ Qoorio, Co-Founder @ Vinted, Angel InvestorSome time ago
What is the purpose of debate? Most of us, if asked, would say it’s about helping someone with an incorrect, harmful idea see the light. It’s an act of kindness. It’s about getting to the truth. But the way we tend to engage in debate contradicts our supposed intentions. Much of the time, we’re really debating because we want to prove we’re right and our opponent is wrong. Our interest is not in getting to the truth. We don’t even consider the possibility that our opponent might be correct or that we could learn something from them. As decades of psychological research indicate, our brains are always out to save energy, and part of that is that we prefer not to change our minds about anything. It’s much easier to cling to our existing beliefs through whatever means possible and ignore anything that challenges them. Bad arguments enable us to engage in what looks like a debate but doesn’t pose any risk of forcing us to question what we stand for. It’s never fun to admit we’re wrong about anything or to have to change our minds. But it is essential if we want to get smarter and see the world as it is, not as we want it to be. Any time we engage in debate, we need to be honest about our intentions. What are we trying to achieve? Are we open to changing our minds? Are we listening to our opponent? Only when we’re out to have a balanced discussion with the possibility of changing our minds can a debate be productive,avoiding the use of logical fallacies. Bad arguments are harmful to everyone involved in a debate. They don’t get us anywhere because we’re not tackling an opponent’s actual viewpoint. This means we have no hope of convincing them. Worse, this sort of underhand tactic is likely to make an opponent feel frustrated and annoyed by the deliberate misrepresentation of their beliefs. And if you’re a chronic constructor of bad arguments, as many of us are, it leads people to avoid challenging you or starting discussions. Which means you don’t get to learn from them or have your views questioned. In formal situations, using bad arguments makes it look like you don’t really have a strong point in the first place. Read more about bad arguments and how to avoid them: https://fs.blog/2020/05/bad-arguments/
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Justas Janauskas on Ask me anything you wantCEO @ Qoorio, Co-Founder @ Vinted, Angel InvestorSome time ago
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Mauricio PatiñoCreator and dreamer, guitarist, painter, physics, science fiction
Hi Justas, how are you? . I Find you a year ago through linkedin. I'm the founder of Birdi, the postmates for second-hand products in latin america. It Would be great if you can share your experiences and insights from developing a big marketplace like vinted. We are in a pre-seed round making traction an revenue. Thanks!
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